Solar Washington

Advancing Solar Energy in Washington State



Solar Washington is a nonprofit organization composed of people, companies, programs and organizations working to advance the solar industry in our state. We are an association of solar energy equipment owners, manufacturers, system integrators, distributors, dealers, designers, installers, consultants, students, teachers, and solar enthusiasts. Through education and networking, we promote the development and effective use of solar and renewable energy with concern for the economic, environmental and social fabric of Washington.

Northwest Solar Communities

Northwest Solar Communities, a team of jurisdictions, utilities, industry partners, and citizen groups facilitated by Northwest SEED, Washington Department of Commerce, Oregon Department of Energy, Solar Oregon and other groups, continues to work to make the process of going solar simple, fast, and cost effective for customers and the jurisdictions and utilities that serve them. NWSC's goal is to reduce the "soft costs" of going solar by standardizing the permitting and interconnection processes, creating business certainty for solar PV deployment across a broad area, facilitating the adoption of solar financing options to make solar energy affordable for all. Solar Washington will continue to provide updates as the group makes further headway. Click here for more info.

Washington Solar Stakeholders Update

Representatives from various sectors of the solar industry met on October 3, 2014 in Olympia to discuss and track progress concerning the state and future of solar as it relates to Governor Inslee's Executive Order 14-04 – Washington Carbon Pollution and Reduction and Clean Energy Action. WSU Energy Program director, Jake Fey, has led the process of convening stakeholders to generate discussion and gather input about existing and potential solar incentives and market structures in the state.

Stakeholders include solar installers, equipment manufacturers, utilities, customers, and advocacy groups. Feedback from the stakeholders is being assembled, and working groups are being assigned around specific topics. These workgroups will inform the recommendations that will be delivered to Governor Inslee in November 2014.

Next Solar Washington General Meeting: November 5

Mark your calendars for Solar Washington's next General Meeting to be held November 5 at the Phinney Center in Seattle from 6-8pm. Scheduled to speak will be Ahlmahz Negash, PhD Student from the Renewable Energy Analysis Lab (REAL), Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Washington who will give a presentation surrounding her paper "Value of Solar: A comparison of valuation methodologies and an analysis of policy implications."

The Solar Washington General Meeting will be held from 6-8pm at the Phinney Center in Seattle. Click for directions.


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We're the Washington chapter of the American Solar Energy Society